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viewers like you. thank you. laura: this is "bbc world news america." reporting from new york, iur am trevelyan. president trump defies the doctors and wants americans back number of coronavirus cases. pres. trump: i would love to have the country opened up and raring to go by easter. laura: stocks on wall street surge higher on hopes that congress can reach a stimulus deal. the dow sees the biggest percentage gain since the 1930's. in the u.k., people are told to stay at home unless absotely necessary. usolympic glory will have to wa. the summer games in japan will have to be postponed because of
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the coronavis pandemic. for all of you watching on hes and aroundlobe, welcome to "world news america." new york city is now the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the united states. there are more than 15,000 cases here, and the rate of new infections is doubling evy three days. president trump says he wants to open this country in two weeks time. he has had enough a social distancing and its impact on the economy. lawmakers in washington are close to reaching a deal on a massive rescue pn for workers and companies. city are eerily empty.k the usually bustling subway and streets shadows of their former selves. the cities shutdown to slow the spread of ronavirus. but the curve isn't flattening, it is ttinsteeper. this convention center on the west side of manhattan is being turned into a 1000-bed emergency
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hospital. 140,000 beds will be needed whet inns are at their peak, says the governor of new york, who has thidire warning for e rest of america. gov. cuomo: look at us today. where we are today, you will be in three weeks or four weeks or five weeks or six weeks. futur your laura: already, louisiana is this you a --ca a-- seieing a assurge in c, with worries that mardi gras in new orleans spread the coronavirus. the economy is contracting before our very eyes. thent pres's own hotels are onaffected, like thiby central park. on twitter and on a tv special today, mr. trump is contradicting medical experts who want social distancing to continue until the virus is under control. he wants america back at work. pres. trump: i would love to have the countrypened and
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raring to go by easter. laura: in response, the front-runner for the democratic presidential nomination said mr. first.should put public health mr. biden:sh hld stop talking and start listening to the medical experts who talk about anis economic cr to you want an economic crisis? watch this spike, watch the deaths gup. laura: lawmakers in washington said they we closing on a stimulus deal for the battered economy. americans have seen their lives turned upside down by the coronavirus outbreak in a few weeks. here in n york, the city is braced for infections to peak in the coming days. the economic fallout from the coronavirus can be seen in new york where the city is a ghost town. the market on wall street soared today, hoping lawmakers will reach agreement on the biggest economic stimulus package in history can worth nearly $2 trillion. for more on this my spoke
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earlier with diane swonk, chief economist at grant thornton. how much trouble is the was economy in that lawmakers are considering this gigantic stimulus land?-- plan? diane: you he never seen such a purpose but just precipitous drop in unemployment ever. unemployment in sen figures this week from last week's numbers alone andeaompounding ther because of the shutdown. what is important is the cost benefit on this is that e upfront losses, we need to bridge the covid-tainted ws with estimates package from what i think should be called a stopgap funding package. n'if we't do this now, the loss in life in permanent damage to the economy will be much greater. that is very imporunnt to rstand the trade-off we are making right now, and that is why congress is looking atim ths us bill finally getting close to psing it, along with all the efforts that the fed has done.
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it all and cannot carry the burden of what we are dealing with some which is right now worse than the financial crisis. laura: what is the single most important thing you think lawmakers should do in this stimanus package? there isn't any single important thing. it h m got to betifaceted. it is missing transfers to the states. it does have transfers to hospitals in it, which is critically important. iss a health care crisis first. you need to fund the health care crisis first, and the front lines, the battle, as you heard from the governor of new york, of peding this disease, or at the state and local governments, where this is all happening. bu individuals, people who have lost their paychecks through no fault of their own, the idea that we are extending unemployment insurance to people who are for load and be are gi--people who are gig workers and previously were not eligible for this unemployment insurance, very important. businesses of allsm sizesl businesses, those small business owners are not eligible fns unemploymentance.
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they don't have any cash coming in. nobody prepared fosuch an extraordinary standstill in the economy to deal with what is an even larger threat tlife. laura: who is being hit hardest by this? is it the restaurant workers being laid off all over the country? diane: it is everything -- anyone who has been laid off and shut down from everything from restaurants to hotels, the airline industry's shuttered at this point in time. as iaid, for load -- furloug hed workers were not used to being eligible for unemployment could now they will be. a lot of those workers who work furloughed would not be able to pay the rent or for basic meals. the only beneficiaries other grocery stores that can stay open, but there workersret the front line of the crisis and they are being exposed as well. there is a trade-off for the "winners," because thoseeople
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are feeling some of the pain because they are at risk of being infected more. laura: diane swonk, thanks so much foreing with us. the will help organization says the united states the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemi pandemi. for more, i spoke to sejal hathi , a clinical fellow at harvard dical school. how concerning is it that in new york state, the rate of infection of coronavirus is doubling every three days? dr. hathi: it is very concerninglaura. new york state comprises four population and heady met 5% of the world cases coronavirus. the cases come as you mentiod, are doubling every two ando a halfree days. unfortunately, these numbers are alsobsolete by 10 to 12 days. they don't reflect any of the that may transpired in the last two weeks. re detecting a fraction the likely infections across the country. laura: president trump wants tct
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get americao work in two weeks. how risky is that whethe virus, as you say, is still spreading? dr. hathi: that would be morally irresponsible, dangerously anshortsighted empirically unfounded. if president trump were to listen to any of his scientific, publiclt h and medical experts, all of them would say that right maximizing physical distancing es, we need to follow th lead of the u.k., of india, who just tnaay announced a onwide lockdown, and eu that not only 42% of americans currently under sheltern-place orders are affected, but the entire country is under a we need to do that for at least two to three weeks. lacking the stringen rules that we have present--relaxing the presently on physical distancing measures would endanger the entire correlation, not merely the elderly, who president trump
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seems insistent on quarantining instead, but young people as well, who as the cdc reported comprise 20% of hospitalizations in theirst study. 56% of those in new york. this really would be terrifying for the entire country, and not at all the appropriate next step in the crisis. laura: there is a big spike in infections in louisiana. are you worried that hospitals there might not be able to cope come as here in new york they could be overwhelmed, too? dr. hathi: i am worried about a number of places. i'm worried aboutostals in louisiana, in new orleans, in florida, in many rural parts of try that sadly don' have the resources or the number of health centers that cities like boston,y hometown, currently have at their disposal. we are of course seeing as well that preparation itself is being
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politicized. states with democratic governors, with democratic legislators, have invested significt way more resources in prering their hospitals and producing protective equipment then red-atcounterparts. that is unfortunate, becauik in a crisisthis, we need to lead with science, not spin. laura: sejal hat, thanks so much for being with us. turning to france now, which is struggling to keep up with the speed of the pdemic. intensive care units in the east of the country are said to be overwhelmed. our paris correspondent lucy williamson reports. lucy: in places like here, it is e very ill who are leaving hospital. intensive care units here are overflowing. with dozens more critical cases admitted each day, patients are being nt to mrseille, scen to germany and switzerland,
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in a never-endinmble for days. one senior doctor told me that stocks of a key life support drug have virtually run out. >> our health system wasn't ready for this. i'm not sure there is a health system anywhere that is ready for it,se beche scale of the crisis is bigger than any system could face. the mechanisms we are putting in place aren't enough. lucy: in the hospital car pk, itary field camp has bee set up with 30 intensive care beds, enough to last the hospital about a dyay. the government tightened quarantine restrtions across the country and introduced a sixth-month jail sentence for those who regularly don't comply. the health ministrhas said the epidemicould start to peak here this week. a doctor has described it as a hugeng wave mo west, and warned it could saturate hospitals in paris witn days. have so far die
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from coronavirus. many more are off sick. the government has ordered 250 million face masks amid anger at a shortage of protection for medical staff. >> i protect myself personally with a stock of equipment that we bought for bird flu seven years ago. it is expired. we use it because we have nothing else. gp's are given surgical masks instead, which don't protect against toything. it illy useless. lucy: each night, presidents--gather-- residents gath at their windows to recognize the courage of medical staff can recognition from a nation without immunity. the eye of this epidemic is traveling across france. lucy williamson, bbc news, paris. laura: in the united kingdom, it is the police that have the job of enforcing the new rules on distancing. prime minister boris johnson announced the neweasures
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include limits on social gatherings and exercising outdrs. are people comying? home editor markn eastos been finding out. mark: virus controls work .licing the new rules tod they don't yet have powers to leenforce peo keep their butance or stay at hom today at least most seem want to do the right thing. >> so far everyone is being good doo g what they are asked t foit ieverybody's safety and well-being. mark: people seem to be standing quite close together. >> they do. any groups, tee, four, five, we are speaking to them. everybody should know by now if they've watched the news, etc. they know what the situation is. mark: the police station is seuttered up, like most shops and busin supermarket marshals encouraging
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customers to obse ve the etiqueof the epidemic. >> you are standing too close together. mark:o you think it is clear what you are supposed to be doing? >> it is, but i think a lot of people are not listening and paying attention to it. mark: to live in the same house? >> no. >>ou shouldn't be standing close together. >> i'm well aware of that. mark: do you think the rules are clear? >> from what i'm seeing today, no. mark:rc we are being to examine every aspect of our society and the way we live to enter a difficult question -- how ch does this matter right now? the prime minister's beloved land of liberty has become a kingdom in captivity, and not everyone agrees with it. >> i telyou what, they are all inam parent spreading it around. we can't do nothing. flights coming in from china, all that. what are we? we are penalized. we can't do nothing.
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mark: in the west midlands, local police tweeted, "unbelievably, we had to deal withha 20-plus people ving a barbecue." the metropolitan police commissioner was making a clear her office ishe with keep public safe. >> we only want to use enforcement if we have to. t we will nositate ipeople law.lagrantly beating the g rytohethorities are t p of this comes naturally. mark easton, bbc news. laura: tough new rules come to britain. in other news from around the world, after tw days of the clieo,--decline, the datly toll in the telling region of lombardy has gone up again. 743pl phave died in the past 24 hours. the rate of new infections has slowed f the third day in a row. india has imposed a three-week coronavirus lockdown on its 1.3 billion people.
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only essential servicewill operatoperate. in aelevised appeal, prime minister narendra modi said no people will be allowed out. he said it was the only way to break the cycle of transmission. american playwright terrence mcnay has died due to complications related to the coronavirus. heon four tony awards from place including "master class" and musicals "ragtime" and "kiss of the spider woman." ahe wrded a special tony for lifetime achievement. he was a lung cancer survivor and was 81 years of age. you are watching "bbc world news america still to come on tonight's program, i is hard to get a haircut when the salon is shut down. how hairdressers are fari in the age of social distancing. russia has largely avoided the global coronavirus outbreak in
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terms of infections and deaths, but that doesn't mean the impact has not been felt there. hundreds of migrant workers from central asia has been stranded at moscoairport since russia closed its borders. c here is moscowrespondent sarah rainsford. sarah: there have been dramatic pictures flooding russian social media in recent days, with crowds of migrantorrs trapped at moscow's airports after borders close because of the coronavirus pandemic it some stranded duty-free because they went through hospital control and couldn't get back. sah: inw, moshere is no coronavirus pandemic lockdown,
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not yet. but the streets of definitely got quieter, and evve the schools een shut, cilantro playgrounds and exercise yards are deserted. inclborders is one of the measures russia has taken to protect itself in the pandemic . for central asian migrant workers from that is created a crisis. hundreds of thousands of pceple come to ntral asia for russia for work at but the border closure came as the end of the wier work season came to with flight suddenly canceled, many people got stuck at the airports. pandemic.y time, even worse in a >> i think it is very bad conditions for people. t really can receive year.--corona here. sarah: getting everyone wants to back home is a huge task.
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laura: the tokyo summer olympics have been postponed, japan's prime minister says, due to the coronavirus pandemic could the games were last canceled during world war ii. the olympics, a powerful civil of global community and totherness, have been moved to next year. sports reporter adam while has mo. ad>> tokyo. adam: it was supposed to be the greatest show on earth, the ympic games, thealnacle of glob sport. even those pushing to go faster, higher, stronger, are not immune from the global crisis. four years after the baton t was pass tokyo, the olympic flame arrived this week. organizers and fans had been pressing on undeterred, determined. today they've been forced t face the reality -- the dems will not go ahead this summer.
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a statement from the ioc a tokyo organizers confirmed the games of the 32nd libya olympiad in tokyo must be rescheduled to later than 2020, but no later than summer 2021. to safeguard the hlth of the athletes, everybody involved in the games, and the intery.tional commun >> canceling the games is not an option. that. was an agreement about what is most important is to provide a safe and secure environment for athletes and spectators.d with that in md in light of the continuing global game in july as planned is impossible. adam: for olympic organizers, pressure had been increasing. on the weekend, cana was the first country to enough that have the games go ahead as planned, the athletes would not be involved. owaustralia fo. >> think every athlete knows that japan is ready to put on
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incredible games. all the money and infrastructure they pt into place, we don' want it to go to waste. postponement is the best option. adam: this is the first time the olympic movement has come under pressuregl from al events. four years ago, the zika virus force some athletes to withdr. the terror attacks in atlanta in 19nd inic m in 1972. but never before in peacetime have the games been postponed this way. while the decision ends weeks of uncertainty, there wilbe new s questito answer, and tokyo will have to wait longer. adam wild, bbc news. laura: so disappointing for all of those athletes. and of course for spectators, too. there are lots of things we cannot do while we are confined to our homes, like going to the salon and getting a haircut. social media, many ar limiting their overgrown -- lamenting their overgrown locks, whil hairdressers are facing an
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uncertain future. reporter: hairdressing at a distance of two meters is impossible. but for patients who are d,self-employe hairdressing is there on income. >> is not possible. for this nd of business, there is no weight without leaning on the customer. just one on one, as you can see. reporter: in thisalon for the past few days she has continued to cut hair. now she has to stop . >> very hard. reporter: there are normally 12 self-employed hairdressers in this salon. eric the owner had been struggling with two. the decision to shut has been he welcomes . >> i think they should close. instead of just a few places closed and leave you to decide whether you close or stay home
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. reporter: forry ee, t advice is the same, to stay two meters apart as possible. but the reality iof that means no income. a mile away, this salon decided to close ahead of the prime minister's announcement that all nonessential shops must shut. >> people are more concerned that they will have long hair and bad roots. but yeah, we had to make the decision today. i can only speak for my employees. my employees will get paid. employed, really worrying times. reporter: down the high street from this barbershop opened 11 years ago. some who work here are ployees, others work for themselves and rent a chair. the owner wants to help them all. >> safety is more important, like everything else. sor of them need the money surviving. don't want to let them down.
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i told them that if they need re money, i'm going to help them. this is notappened to only one person. it happened to everyone. we need to help each other. reporter: a iment echoed in homes and on high streets everywhere. laura: really tough times for hairdressers on both of the atlantic. nifo we go, a quick update on our tostories t. president trump has repeated his hope that the u.s. can be opened up by easter. he was speaking at a briefing at the whvee house thisng. that timeline goes against the warnings from the country's medical community, which is stressing the importance of social distancing. s stocks on waeet spiked on hopes that u.s. lawmakers will reach nearly $2 trillion emergency bill. te dow saw its biggest point in history. new measures have taken effect across the u.k., includi limits on social gatherings of war than two people and mr.pe
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♪ judy: good evening. i'judy woodruff. on the "newshour" tonight, a cascading crisis. india locks down 1.3 million the olymps on hold and the. rate of infections in new york skyrockets. the latest in the covid-19 pandemic. then debating a rescue plan. with the country watching, the u.s. senate pushes to pass an aid package to blunt the economic fallout of coronavirus. , plusside the epicenter. the pandemice with could be a warning sign of what's to come for the u.s. >> with the experiencee have italy, you really need to do -- bring the place to a standstill. nobody moves for tee to four

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